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EDITOR OF THE ATTIC GREEK ORATORS AND SOPHISTS, &c. &c. &c.

Stereotype of A. Pel & Brother,

LONDON:
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY J. F. DOVE.
REPRINTED BY J. J. WOODWARD,

PHILADELPHIA.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

The great value of Bishop Newton's Dissertations on the Prophecies, both to the learned and to the general reader of Scripture, has induced the Publisher to spare no pains to render the present edition correct. For this purpose the text and notes have been closely revised, and the classical quotations and references compared with the original authorities. It is hoped, therefore, that this edition will be found worthy of public attention for its superior correctness, and as a valuable reprint of one of the most enlightened treatises on the subject of prophecy which our language can boast.

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INTRODUCTION.

PROPHECIES one of the strongest proofs of revelation, 9. A history of prophecy desired by Lord

Bacon, ib. The consequence plain from the believing of prophecies to the believing of revela.

tion, ib. The objection that the prophecies were written after the events, groundless, and be-

trays great ignorance, or something worse, 10. The truth of prophecy may be proved by in.

stances of things fulfilling at this very time, ib. The evidence drawn from prophecy, a growing

evidence, 11. Miracles the great proofs of revelation to the first ages, Prophecies to the last, ib.

The necessity to which infidels are reduced, either to renounce their senses, or to admit the

truth of revelation, 12. Most of the principal prophecies of Scripture will be comprehended

in this work, as well as several of the most maierial transactions in history, ib.

DISSERTATION I.

NOAH'S PROPHECY.

Very few prophecies till Noah, 13. Noah's drunkenness, and the behaviour of his sone there-

upon, ib. În consequence of their different behaviour he was enabled to foretell the different

fortunes of their families, 14. The prophecy, 15. Not to be understood of particular persons

but of whole nations, ib. The curse upon Canaan, a curse upon the Canaanites for their

wickedness, ib. The' wickedness of the Canaanites very great, 16. The curse particularly

implies the subjection of the descendants of Canaan to the descendants of Shem and Japheth, ib.

The completion of this shown from the time of Joshua to this day, 17. A different reading pro-

posed of Ham the father of Canaan instead of Canaan, 18. The curse in this larger sense also

shown to be fulfilled from the earliest times to the present, 19. The promise to Shem of the

Lord being his God, how fulfilled, 20. The promise of enlargement to Japheth, an allusion to

hig name, ib. How fulfilled both in former and in latter times, 21. The following clause, and he

shall dwell in the tents of Shem, capable of two senses, and in both punctually fulfilled, ib.

Conclusion, 22. A mistake of Mr. Mede corrected, ib. Lord Bolingbroke censured for his in.

decent reflections on this prophecy, 23. His ignorance about the Codex Alexandrinus, 24. His

blunder about the Roman historians, ib. His sneer about believers refuted, ib. Condemned by

himself, ib. Had great talents but misapplied them, 25.

DISSERTATION II.

THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING ISHMAEL.

Abraham favoured with several revelations, 25. Those concerning Ishmael or the Ishmaelites,

ib. The promise of a numerous posterity, how fulfilled, 26. The promise of twelve princes,

how fulfilled, ib. The promise of a great nation, how fulfilled, 27. The saying that he should

be a wild man, how fulilled, ib. The saying that his hand should be against every man, and

every man's hand against him, how fulfilled, 29. The saying that he should dwell in the pre.

sence of all his brethren, how fulfilled, ib. The Ishmaelites or Arabians have from first to last

maintained their independence, 29. Against the Egyptians and Assyrians, ib. Against the

Persians, 30. Against Alexander and his successors, ib. Against the Romans, 31. Their

state under Mohammed, and since his time, and now under the Turks, 32. Dr. Shaw's account

of them, 33. Bp. Pococke's, ib. And Mr. Hanway's, 34. Conclusion, ib. Wonderful, that

they should retain the same manners for so many ages, ib. More wonderful that they should

still remain a free people, 35. The Jews and Arabs in some respects resemble each other, 36.

DISSERTATION III.

THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING JACOB AND ESAU.

More prophecies concerning the posterity of Isaac than of Ishmael, 37. The promise of the

blessed seed, how fulfilled, ib. The promise of the land of Canaan, how fulâilled, ib. The
promise of a numerous posterity, how fulfilled, 38. The promises concerning Esau and Jacob,
ib. Not verified in themselves, but in their posterity, 39. Comprehend several particulars, ib.

1. The families of Esau and Jacob two different people and nations, 40. II. The family of the

elder subject to that of the younger, 41. III. In situation and other temporal advantages much

alike, 42. IV. The elder branch delighted more in war and violence, but subdued by the

younger, 43. V. The elder at one time shook off the dominion of the younger, 44. VI. In all

spiritual gifts and graces the younger superior, and the happy instrument of conveying the

blessing to all nations, 45. Conclusion, ib. The prophecies fulfilled in the ulter destruction

of the Edomites, ib.

DISSERTATION IV.

JACOB'S PROPHECIES CONCERNING HIS SONS, PARTICULARLY JUDAH.

An opinion of great antiquity, that the soul near death grew prophetic, 46. Jacob upon his death.

bed foretold his sons what should befall them in the last days, the meaning of that phrase, 47.

Jacob bequeaths the temporal blessing to all his sons, the spiritual to Judah, 48. The prophe.

cies concerning several tribes, how fulfilled, ib. The teniporal blessing how fulfilled to Judah,

49. The spiritual blessing, 50. I. An explanation of the words and meaning of the prophecy,

50—54. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, explained, 50. Nor a lawgiver from be.

tween his feet, explained, 51. Shiloh in all the various senses of the word shown to be the

Messiah, 52. Le Clerc's singular interpretation, 53. Jews as well as Christians have by

Shiloh generally understood the Messiah, 53. And unto him shall the gathering of the people

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